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what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> extra pressure on muammar gaddafi -- london opens the door to a new libyan authorities. britain announces its next epps to push the gaddafi regime out. >> we are inviting the national transitional council to appoint a new libyan envoy in london. >> welcome to gmt. i am naga munchetty. intelligence chief says the man behind friday's attacks acted completely on his own. >> one year until the opening
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ceremony of the london 2012 olympic games, i am live at the aquatic center. speaking to athletes about their expectations ahead of the tournament. >> hello. it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and the foreign office has just unveiled the latest deaths in the campaign to push the libyan leader, -- the latest steps in the campaign to push the libyan leader, muammar gaddafi, out of power. we'll get reaction from tripoli in a moment. first, here is the announcement made by the british foreign secretary. >> we informed him that he and other regime diplomats from the gaddafi regime must now leave the united kingdom. we no longer recognize them as the representatives of the libyan government and we are inviting the national transitional council to appoint a new envoy takeover the libyan
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embassy in london. in line with the un security council resolution, the u.k. continues to explore how to un freeze assets to support the national transitional council. >> in the meantime, let's take a look get some of the other stories making headlines today. oslo is a city still on edge after the mass killings last friday. just a few hours ago, oslo's central railway station was briefly evacuated after a suspicious suitcase was spotted on a bus. the head of the norway domestic intelligence agency says there's nothing to suggest the anders breivik -- that anders breivik acted on his own. >> the foreign minister of norway arrives one day before the massacre. there's a holiday atmosphere among the young labour party leaders. the talk is of how to bring
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peace to countries wracked by conflict. >> [speaking foreign language] >> he says, "first of all, we will have a discussion about the middle east, a panel, lunch, and hopefully a game of football." one day later, all plans were interrupted. these are some of the victim's cut down in their prime. he is a military priest. he's used to comforting others. this time, the loss of his own 23-year-old son he is struggling to come to terms with. >> [speaking foreign language] >> i have not thought for a second about forgiveness for the person who did this, but i am determined not to let hatred prevail. it would destroy my life and the lives of my friends and then he will win. >> more details are emerging of anders breivik's meticulous planning. moments before his bomb exploded
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in oslo, he sent an e-mail to 1000 recipients across western europe. he sent eight european declaration of independence to -- he sent his european declaration of independence. this is the farm 100 miles north of the capital that anders breivik rented. he could accumulate fertilizer to make his bombs. police have now detonated a cache of explosives. the relaxed society of norway has been jolted into a state of high alert. the central station of oslo was evacuated after a suspicious suitcase was spotted on a bus. >> it does not have any connection at all as far as we know. this is a suspicious situation which we are watching. >> with several government buildings, including the prime minister's office shattered by anders breivik's bomb, one
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cabinet minister showed her determination to get back to work. >> looking out at the damaged building -- hard feelings. >> of the physical and emotional rebuilding will take many years. >> joining me now from oxford is the director of radicalism and new media group at the university of northampton. thank you very much for joining me. ne wolfm "loan terrorism" -- tell me what it is about. >> a number of the arian nations came up with the concept of leaderless resistance, the best way to avoid detection for far right activists.
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one of the important points to make, even if an individual is acting alone, that does not mean, for example, the unabomber in america, somebody who is isolated from communities -- these people can act alone. critical to remember they can come from a like-minded community of ideologues and that's what seems anders breivik emerged from. >> what kind of characteristics are similar among people who act in such a way? >> we can only talk about tendencies. with respect to the horrific events on friday -- there is something about the heroic, mythic individual who can bring about this revolutionary change anders breivik was advocating in his manifesto he sent to hundreds, if not thousands of people, before his attack.
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that is the core of lone wolf terrorism -- to wait up the rest of society -- as a matter of due course. >> obviously, the internet plays a part in this now. >> a huge part. one of the things i found very instructive about the manifesto was that when breivik was undertaking a so-called research phase into explosives, he nearly googled. it's a matter urgency that we need to investigate some of these dark corners of the internet where some of this stuff is all too readily available. >> dr. matthew feldman, a thank you very much for speaking with me. we can return to our top story now. we return to tripoli, where our correspondent is now. james reynolds, we have heard about what britain is planning
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to do to help push gaddafi's regime out. any reaction from there? >> no. we have been able to come across any government officials here in our hotel in tripoli. our movements are very restrictive. i do not think the move by william hague will come as a particular surprise. libya's ambassador was expelled in may. diplomats at a more junior level -- it was a matter of time before they were expelled. colonel gaddafi's government will be much more worried about the fact that the rebels, the national transitional council, will now get their hands on much more cash, much more assets. this may end up being a war about money. >> i imagine we will hear more from the national transitional council in the future. many more moves and perhaps new
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strategies coming forward. >> i would imagine so. the fact that they now have a formal diplomatic based in london -- i think it will be a very important move for them. you may see a battle for embassies around the world, to see which countries recognize which side. we know britain has followed the united states, france, and italy in recognizing the national transitional council. we will see if other countries do the same day we will see if colonel gaddafi's government launches some sort of counter diplomatic offensive to try to keep hold of its embassies in other countries. >> james reynolds, thank you very much. other news now. indian and pakistani foreign ministers are holding talks. peace talks were suspended in 2008 after the terrorist attacks in mumbai.
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the foreign minister says she hopes both countries will move forward as friendly neighbors. her indian counterpart also called for a new spirit of cooperation. republicans in the united states have been forced to delay a vote in the house of representatives. the plan is to cut more than $1 trillion of government spending was rejected by congress, which said the numbers did not add up. there are six days left to reach a deal. >> at least 18 people have been killed in south korea as heavy rains triggered flooding and a landslide. the capital was also hit by a wave. parts of the city have flooded, forcing some roads and substations to close. >> the mayor of kandahar has been killed by a suicide bomber. ghulam haidar hameedi was
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meeting tribal elders at his offices when the attack happened. the taliban has claimed responsibility. our correspondent, jonathan, has more for us from kabul. give us the reaction. this is another blow for the authorities. >> it is. this was a mayor who was trusted by president hamid karzai himself. he was trusted by the americans. also, this is another assassination of a high-profile figure. remember, two weeks ago, ahmad wali karzai, the president's half brother was killed. there does seem to be a pattern to these killings, targeting high-profile individuals oil to the government. >> this is the attempt, to assassinate high-profile
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government officials. this is the only strength they have so far, which will also be deterred by our security forces. we will try our best. in the last two years, it still continues. we will be looking after the insurgents. we strongly believe the only strength that they have now. >> do you mean the taliban? >> the insurgents, the taliban, and the terrorists. this country has given a lot of sacrifices. we will continue to try our best by education and training to stop these attacks in the future. >> it's very difficult to replace individuals like this.
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they do not grow on trees, individuals who could be trusted. how do you fill the vacuum? >> these are big losses for our country, but there are many other figures that are serving this country. we have replaced many in the past, as well. unfortunately, this is another sacrifice, but we will continue to sacrifice and we will also defeat them. our forces will be more trade in the future to spoil these kinds of attacks. >> thank you very much. this happened at an important time in afghanistan during the transition to afghan security forces taking place in kandahar. it is picking up pace. >> thank you very much. still to come on gmt -- the countdown begins. >> with just one year until the
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opening ceremony of the london 2012 the olympic games, we will be speaking to not one but two olympic gold medalists. >> catholics in the vatican say ireland's prime minister was right to speak out about the child sex abuse scandal. criticism of the church's role in covering up sex abuse. >> the vatican is preparing an official reply to outspoken criticism of the church's handling of the sex abuse allegations as recently as 2009 a new irish government report. the news hit the headlines in italian newspapers. last week, the irish prime minister describes the church's behavior as absolutely disgraceful. >> growing up, many of us learned that we were part of a
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pilgrim church. today, that church needs to be a pennant church. >> the recall of the ambassador is highly unusual. a vatican official spoke of disappointment and surprise as well as regarded as excessive reactions by the government. the opinion of catholic pilgrims seems to -- >> apologies about that technical fault. you are watching gmt from "bbc world news." i am naga munchetty. britain says it is recognizing the rebel national transitional council as libya's sole legitimate government. norway's intelligence chief says the man behind friday's attacks
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acted completely on his own. we can get more now with the business news. sally, the clock is ticking for the united states. >> there's still no deal in sight. analysts are starting to calculate the cost if american politicians do not raise an agreement on raising the ceiling on the u.s.'s $14 trillion debt. j.p. morgan says that could be the price of losing the aaa credit rating. jared bernstein, a senior economic adviser to the obama administration until this year, is warning of the global consequences if the u.s. were to default. >> interest rates would spike. there are so many financial indices across the globe based in u.s. treasury bills. this would be probably the most
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and deepest self and click the blue dye in the history of economic policies. remember, this is a completely manufactured crisis. the debt ceiling has been raised something like 60 times. it is a perfunctory measure since the 1960's. under ronald reagan, an idol of many of the people arguing right now, he raised the debt ceiling 18 times. the fact that we're here right now is ridiculous. >> it has added to the allure of gold. investors seek a safe haven. other factors driving the price including a slowdown in the supply side and demands from asia as well as increases throughout the population. experts say the two thousand dollars per troy ounce is in sight. >> we have been pretty bullish on gold for a few years now. i think a lot of the features
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that have driven gold higher will continue to do so. there is a safe haven and the stored value. we have sovereign debt issues and now the u.s. debt ceiling. also, an ongoing lack of confidence, probably rightly so, in the u.s. dollar. those demand factors will be particularly supportive. there are challenges on the supply side. >> shares in sap were up 7% in new york last night after upbeat earnings were reported. a strong two months of sales in which it outperformed its rival in the u.s., oracle, prompted the company to say it would meet the high end of its profit forecast for the year. the co-chief executive explained where the growth is coming from. >> if you take the constant
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currency number, the 35% growth rates, it is a very interesting global picture. every single region grew. it is all regions. i think it shows the fundamental need for software to play a bigger role in helping companies drive innovation and change business models as economies are more uncertain and need more proficiency. >> martins are slightly down on the worries of u.s. debt. we will watch that ticking clock. >> we will. thank you very much. another important day. exactly one year until the opening ceremony of the london 2012 olympics. the day will be marked later by a party in central london. the reasons to celebrate -- my colleague is there now. what is going on?
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>> quite a bit. a lot of activity. i am not just talking about the number of journalists who showed up for today's proceedings. you get a sense the organizers are prepared and confident and this will be one of the best games in recent memory. i am here at the aquatic center. you really must see this place to see how beautiful it is. this is one of those occasions where you say to yourself, "i love this job." i am joined by two well-known athletes who need no introduction. jonathan edwards and edwin moses star athletes, some of the best athletes of their generation. how important is it that this is happening here in london? >> london is one of the great cities in the world. the ioc said we would love it to come to britain, but we want it to be in london, because that's where it should be.
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london has hosted the games twice before. it's great is back here. as a country, we are proud to host the greatest show on earth. we are in great shape. >> does it make a difference to an athlete to compete in their own country? >> it does. it can be an emotional push and an emotional advantage. can also be a tactical disadvantage. the athletes have too much to do. you have the media, agents, coaches, family, friends, and everybody else who wants to be a part of the olympic games. that's what has to be contained. >> do you think the importance of the games has changed over the years? the politics of the time pretty much interfered with the events. china does toasted the olympic games. has it changed in anyways? >> in 1984, had you predicted china would be an olympic city,
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had you predicted that brazil, for example -- we would not have thought that was possible because it was mostly in europe, france, and asia. no one would have never thought that africa would ever have had an olympic games. that has all changed now. >> the sport has tremendous power to make a difference, i think, not just in the lives of athletes, but also in people's lives. the olympic movement understands that better. it goes beyond sports. it's about development. it's about inspiring young people. it's a great read generation story in the east end of london. the olympics has found its place in the world. >> when you talk about regeneration, there were four
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communities around the locations where a lot of the facilities were built in atlanta. does it make a difference to have it in a place like east london? >> it can. in the last five to eight years in atlanta, many of those areas are not there anymore and they have been redone. i think the olympics is for everyone. there are a lot of opportunities to come in the business world for marketing and licensing and what not. at the end of the day, i am very happy london will have a legacy track. it will be one of the few cities in the world where there can be big track meets. >> you have been taking a look get some of the facilities. do you miss the competition? >> mostly no. [laughter] it is true. the pressure -- not just on a
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day to day basis, but an hour to hour basis. i was still competing, i would be thinking that my legs are a little bit sore. did i sleep well last night? when is my next training session? it is a constant treadmill in my mind. now i can relax and be a normal human being. i really enjoy it. i do not miss the pressure. >> during the course of my career, i ran over 26,000 miles, enough to circle the globe. the training was very intense. the competition, in my case, was less than 15 total minutes per year. i enjoyed the training because it's a way of life. the competition was something different. >> you do not miss it? >> there's a lot less painful things i can do today. >> jonathan, the last word with you. people talk about the beijing olympics and how spectacular it was. london is presenting something else. what is that something else?
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>> as i mentioned, i think london is a great city. people come to london because it is special. no doubt about that. combine that with the greatest show on earth, you have a very potent mix. not just those in the sporting event, but trying to use inspiration to change people's lives is something people can relate to. it's going to be a great party. >> thank you to you both for being with us here on the program. we look forward to seeing you hopefully before a year's time. it is a wonderful then you hear ed the aquatics center. naga, i bet you wish you were here. >> sometimes. it does seem like you got the better deal today. i will see very soon. you can get much more on the athletes and the london olympics on the bbc website. from gmt, good bye for now.
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